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EDD Doctor of Education

Undertake advanced research in the field of education and make an original contribution to policy and practice.

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What is the fee? Home: £3,420 per year
International/EU: £7,230 per year
How long will I study? 7 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? January 2022

Course summary

  • Work with the Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) whose education research was assessed as amongst the highest ranked post-1992 Universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. 
  • Join our vibrant research community, including the SIoE’s Centre for Development And Research in Education (CDARE) and study at a university that exerts a powerful impact on the city, region, nation and the world.
  • Engage with an advanced programme of research designed for professionals in education, training and allied fields.
  • Network with researchers in the Social and Economic Research Institute (SERI)

With 69% of submitted outputs judged world-leading or internationally excellent, we actively seek applicants whose interests are related to our own current areas of research. The Doctorate in Education (EdD) is suitable for those investigating and seeking to contribute to knowledge and practice in sectors including further and higher education, adult education, community education, and settings such as schools, and early years settings.

How you learn

In the first two years of this course, you will work on four modules, each of which addresses particular areas of knowledge and skill in preparation for the final thesis. However, much of the work for your degree will be carried out independently, and you will need the initiative, motivation and commitment to succeed.

Your supervisory team will include a Director of Studies and a second supervisor with expertise and interest in your research area. Your supervisors will help you to define your research programme, identify training, and provide direction while encouraging you to develop as an independent researcher.

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Dr Karen Daniels
Senior Lecturer In Primary English

I currently teach on the Primary and Early Years QTS postgraduate and undergraduate courses and am the English Subject Leader

Applied learning

Networking opportunities

As a postgraduate researcher you will become part of the vibrant research community at Sheffield Hallam.  Our education postgraduate research forum gives you the chance to meet up with other postgraduate researchers to network, to learn about and reflect on experiences of doctoral research, to discuss methodology and the practicalities of research. The forum complements sessions run by the Sheffield Hallam University Doctoral School and the College of Social Sciences and Arts Graduate School. The Doctoral School is a hub for researcher training, development and networking. There is an annual Doctoral Research conference run by and for education students and a wider college research conference at which postgraduate researchers are encouraged to present work in progress.

The SIoE is part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership and doctoral researchers benefit from the extended networking opportunities it provides. In addition, the SIoE seminar series provides opportunities to share research and exchange ideas with researchers across the SIOE and beyond.

Future careers

The Doctorate in Education (EdD), is a professional doctorate, designed for professionals who want to further develop their knowledge and practice. We support you to deepen your understanding of education policy and practice and conduct advanced-level research in education, making an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen area. Completing your Doctorate in Education can help advance your career, practice in your own professional context, and contribute to knowledge in the field of education.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

All applicants should hold a strong undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) and/or a relevant masters qualification (or expectation of the same).

All applicants must submit a completed postgraduate application form including a 1500 word research proposal.

You are encouraged to find out more about our staff and their current research here: Sheffield Institute of Education | Sheffield Hallam University ( This will inform the development of your research proposal and to ensure it aligns with our research themes.  Applicants are required to give a short 10–15 minute presentation followed by an interview. Interview panel members will include the head of research degrees for the relevant research area or centre, the EdD Course Leader, a local postgraduate research tutor and a prospective director of studies.

Where English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English language ability to the following minimum level of proficiency: an overall IELTS score of 7.0 or above, with at least 6.5 in each component or an accepted equivalent. Please note that your test score must be current, i.e. within the last two years.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part time study in 2021/22 is £3,420 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting part time study in 2021/22 is £7,230 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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